No last hurrah for Davison as Canada lose again
It was, as he said himself in the build up, fitting that John Davison's last match for Canada was against Australia, the country where he lived for almost all his life and where he learnt his cricket.
There was to be no last hurrah for him, but Hiral Patel showed that the future of Canadian cricket isn't looking too bad with an innings that was reminiscent of Davison in his prime. When Davison was dismissed for 14 from the penultimate ball of the fourth over, Canada were scoring at a rapid pace, having made 41-1 at that point.
Patel went on to score 54 in 45 balls, reaching his fifty in 37 deliveries, before he was dismissed by Shane Watson with the score on 82. Zubin Sukari and Ashish Bagai got starts, making 34 and 39 respectively, but Canada were eventually dismissed for 211 in 45.4 overs, though that was still more than many expected them to get.
In reply, Shane Watson and Brad Haddin looked like they were going to win the game on their own, but the partnership was eventually broken by John Davison with the score on 183, Haddin having scored 88. Watson went in the next over having scored 94.
Ricky Ponting went cheaply having scored just seven, but the result was never in doubt by that point and Michael Clarke and Cameron White took them over the line to win by three wickets.
That ends Canada's World Cup, and the career of the player who will go down as the man who brought them to the wider cricketing public's attention. As was said in the build up to this game, a generation of Canadian cricketers has been brought up wanting to be like John Davison.
Whilst the man himself hasn't played too well in this World Cup, he does end his career as one of only eight players to have a strike rate of over 100 in the World Cup. He will be sorely missed by Canada but, as Patel showed today, the future is in good hands.